Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The student will have comprehensive knowledge of the most central phenomena and concepts of postmodern architectural theory and an ability to approach contemporary architecture in an analytical and critical manner. The student will be able to follow contemporary architectural discourse, recognise and analyse various schools-of-thought in architecture and to develop further their own values, architectural ideology and professional identity.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.03.2021 - 02.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Anni Vartola

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anni Vartola

Contact information for the course (valid 05.01.2021-21.12.2112):

The course teacher is Marc Goodwin, architectural photographer, Doctor of Arts (Art and Design). Please contact Marc via email at 

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Architecture Theory 2 is an advanced course that focuses on the phenomena and theoretical schools-of-thought of contemporary architecture (post-1960s). The course has an applied theoretical approach and includes exercises of criticism and analysis on Finnish architecture. The coursework entails reading theoretical texts, discussions, theoretical analyses, short written reviews, oral presentations and panel discussions.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course in spring 2021 will study controversial texts and engage students in debating them.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Architecture Theory 2 consists of seminar-like series of classes that convenes every other week: altogether 7 times à 2,5 hrs. Each class will have its own readings and exercises. Acceptable coursework entails the student's presence at all classes and completing all the exercises. Any absences must be compensated with individually negotiated extra coursework.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Assessment is pass/fail. 

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course workload entails an estimated amount of 133 hours of work: 18 contact hours and 115 hrs of independent work (reading course literature 43 hrs + independent information gathering 44 hrs + preparing discussion arguments and presentations alone and in a group 28 hrs).

    In order to have enough time to read and reflect on the course material, the classes are every 2nd week. 


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    All the course readings will be available in pdf format or as online links on the MyCourses platform at the start of the course. 

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Reading list will be available on MyCourses by the beginning of the course.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    ARK-E1509, ARK-E1500 Theory of Architecture

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Recommended ARK-C1502 Theory of Architecture 1 or corresponding knowledge of 20th century architectural theory.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities